‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
In our continuing regular feature, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review) along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of a particular genre…
This time out: The Best Superhero Films of All Time
The close but no cigar Films: Batman Vs Superman, Thor Ragnarok, Mystery Men
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: DC’s Live Action Superhero Films
Close but no cigar:Batman The Movie, Batman, Wonder Woman
5 – Superman It’s aged badly for sure but Christopher Reeve is just the quintessential superhero in an age where superhero didn’t exist. And don’t undersell how much Reeve MAKES this film.
4 – Batman Begins Another Batman, but unlike any other origin movie Batman Begins takes the character right back to the start in a brilliant way.
3 – Superman 2 Superman 2 is great. It mostly holds up well, it’s got greta villains and the central relationship between Clark and Lois holds the film together well.
2 – Batman Returns Controversial maybe but for me the second best Batman film and the BEST of the two Tim Burton films. Its dark, brutal and unlike any other film produced in that era. Mainstream comic book films will NEVER be like this again.
1 – The Dark Knight The best film of the 2000’s with an iconic performance by Ledger, a cracking story and a “real world” fee that recent DC films have lacked. In short: The Dark Knight Rises is near perfect
In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review) along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.
This time out: The 2000’s.
The close but no cigar Films: There Will Be Blood, District 9, Rocky Balboa, Shaun of The Dead, Spiderman 2, Dawn of The Dead, Lilo And Stitch, Spartan, Waltz With Bashir, Finding Nemo, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Sntach, Zoolander, Battle Royale, Heremias: Book 1 – Legend Of The Lizard Princess, King Kong, The Replacements
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review: The Dark Knight is what every DC comic book adaptation should be. Layered, visually stunning, director lead with practical effects and with a villain that is both memorable and real. Yes there’s CGI here but it’s used to enhance rather than lead the film. Simple put, The Dark Knight is one of the best films of the Naughty’ (if not THE best) whilst also being the best Batman film and the best comic book adaptation yet made. High praise indeed.
But it really is that good. But whilst it’s remembered for The Joker, this film is so much more than Heath Ledger’s final film. From the supporting roles (thankfully no Katie Holmes this time out) to the very well realised Harvey Dent/Two face, to the stunning visual effects, to the cinematography, the music and more… this is blockbuster filmmaking at it’s best.
In short Nolan (and his team) knock it out the park.
Best Bit: Rewatching the film knowing it holds up.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Guardians Of The Galaxy
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: On the heels of Dunkirk we look at Christopher Nolan Top 5 Films…
Close but no cigar: Insomnia, Memento, The Dark Knight Rises
5 – Intersteller Epic, confusing, pretentious, muddled, genius… you name it, Interstellar’s been called it BUT for every small miss step, this is blockbuster filmmaking at it’s grandest.
4 – Batman Begins After Batman & Robin killed the franchise dead, Nolan had a mountain to climb. He did it by grounding Batman in reality and two of the best ever comic book movies was born.
3 – The Prestige It’s the Nolan film that most forget, but The Prestige is a cracking film and possibly Nolan’s bets in many peoples opinions.
2 – Inception Twisting stories have always been some what of a hall mark of Nolan and here he takes it to a whole new level. Visually stunning and one of the most intelligent blockbusters ever made.
1 – The Dark Knight Simple put one of the best films of the 00’s so far, it’s also the best Batman film and the best Superhero film. So much more than Heath Ledger’s final film, Nolan knocks it out the park.
In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Batman movies!
Close but no cigar: Batman, Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, The Dark Knight Rises
5 – Batman: The Movie Camp? Yes. Hysterical? Hell yes. Adam West delivers the most fun Batman ever with a host of villains and some nutty moments from running with the bomb to Bat Shark repellent. It’s genius.
4 – Batman Begins Christopher Nolan set out a new generation of Batman films with his darkly grounded noir take on Batman’s origin. It’s totally different from everything that came before and delivered a Batman we hadn’t yet seen on screen.
3 – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm The best animated Batman film, Mask of The Phantasm sees Batman as detective in a spin off from the insanely great Batman Animated TV show.
2 – Batman Returns Imagine the pitch… Burger King sit down to look at Batman Returns in all it’s glory to plan their multi-million dollar tie ins and instead of a sequel to the original Batman they get a darkly gothic german expressionism masterpiece that is about the most unsettling film to sit a kid down infant of ever.
1 – The Dark Knight Yup. My favourite film of the 00’s and one of THE best superhero films ever, The Dark Knight has compelling action, the best onscreen Joker and a driving narrative that keep the pace up despite the run time. Oh and it looks amazing.